In my years of recovery from trauma, I was fortunate to have a community around me that helped me navigate the wilderness of depression. When I did not think I could make it, I reached out to the members of my support team for their assistance. When I felt alone, they sat with me. When I did not know what step to take next, they walked beside me. When I cried tears of sorrow and betrayal, they comforted me. When I could not believe in the Holy One, they believed on my behalf.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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